Django Django: Marble Skies review – winningly eclectic


After the bedroom-produced joys of their eponymous 2012 debut, Django Django fell foul of their own soaring ambition on the overblown follow-up, 2015’s Born Under Saturn, which was at times too expansive at the expense of focus. Their third album is as eclectic as ever, a winning meld of sunny harmonies, pulsing Krautrock rhythms and psychedelia-tinged vocals, all refracted through the prism of dance music dynamics. But this time there’s a welcome economy to the songwriting and nothing outstays its welcome.

The uptempo title track is as strong as anything they’ve done: a synth riff that sounds like Kraftwerk reimagining Belly’s Dusted segueing into a beautifully breezy verse and chorus, the result reminiscent of a more carefree Everything Everything. The influences of others – Gary Numan, OMD, Saint Etienne, the Beta Band, inevitably – are scattered throughout Marble Skies, and if there is a criticism it’s that the band cover so many different bases that this at times resembles a (very good) compilation rather than a cohesive artist album. Still, when the results are as good as the irresistible Champagne or the propulsive Tic Tac Toe, that perhaps doesn’t matter much.

Watch the video for In Your Beat by Django Django.


Phil Mongredien

The GuardianTramp

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